Aldous Huxley

Writer; author Aldous Huxley

Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer and one of the most prominent members of the famous Huxley family. Best known for his novels including Brave New World and a wide-ranging output of essays, Huxley also edited the magazine Oxford Poetry, and published short stories, poetry, travel writing, film stories and scripts. Huxley spent the later part of his life in the United States, living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death.
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Birthday
26 July 1894
home town
Godalming

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Obama luxuriates while others suffer - Gloucester County Times - NJ.com
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It was purported that one of the books he purchased was “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, a 1932 dystopian (or nightmare-world) novel about a state which controls the behavior of its people by using technology to keep them superficially happy
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Lessons From Global Medical Brigades - The Emory Wheel
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As I think back to my time in Honduras, I am reminded of the following quote by English writer Aldous Huxley: “Most human beings have an almost infinite capacity for taking things for granted.” While I generally agree with his pessimistic sentiment,
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What's Obama Reading? - National Review Online
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According to reports from the Los Angeles Times and the AP, Obama purchased five books on his trip to the Vineyard bookseller Bunch of Grapes: Marianna Baer's Frost, Aldous Huxley's Brave New World, Daniel Woodrell's Bayou Trilogy, Emma Donoghue's Room ... - -
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What Obama Should Do Right Now - Business Insider
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It's been widely reported that Obama stopped into the "legendary" Bunch of Grapes bookstore in Vineyard Haven on Friday and picked up a copy of Aldous Huxley's classic, "Brave New World", ostensibly for his 13 year old daughter Malia
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Obama's 'Brave New World' and other books - Los Angeles Times
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Among the books reported to be in his stack was Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World," which was probably for 13-year-old Malia, because it's required reading for students going into the eighth grade at Sidwell Friends, the private Quaker school the Obama
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Prophecy: The Rock that Cannot Be Moved - Canada Free Press
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The idea that it is a smattering of future projections like Arthur C. Clarke or Aldous Huxley might conger or the rambling of some syndicated astrological columnist and prognosticator is totally erroneous and wholly absurd. Prophecy is so accurate that
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OPINION; Addictive Personality? You Might be a Leader
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David J. Linden is a professor of neuroscience at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the author of ''The Compass of Pleasure: How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel So Good.'' Baltimore WHEN we think of the qualities we seek in visionary leaders, we think of
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From Motown to Ghost town: How the once mighty Detroit is heading down a long ... - Daily Mail
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Aldous Huxley's great prophetic novel Brave New World was written on the assumption that the ideas of its founder, Henry Ford, especially that 'history is bunk', would one day take over the planet. He may yet turn out to be right
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Submit this story - Huffington Post
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It is possible, however, if not actually plausible, to seize this datum from the other end and argue, and Aldous Huxley did in his classic essay, The Doors of Perception, that the primary function of the brain could be eliminative: its purpose could be
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Visual art review: "You seem the same as always" | Cara Tolmie | Nina Rhode - Scotsman
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So what does it mean to be looking at the enlarged handprint of Marcel Duchamp, not to mention those of André Breton, Alberto Giacometti, Aldous Huxley? The prints were collected by psychologist Charlotte Wolff in Paris in the 1930s, and are displayed
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Fresh from U.K. tour, Bravestation is here - Brockville Recorder and Times
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Heavily influenced by Aldous Huxley's theme of a dark futuristic vision in his literary work Brave New World and by Robert J. Hastings' inspirational essay The Station, which suggests there is no station in this life and that the journey is the joy
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A matter of reading - The Daily Star
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Perhaps Aldous Huxley said it in a terse statement, 'The proper study of mankind is books.' There can be little doubt that a home without books is symbolic of dismal darkness. What is to blame? Or who is to blame? When a major section of our population
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Our Brave New World - JohnJohnSaidIt.com
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In his 1932 classic, brave new World, Aldous Huxley warned of a dystopian future. the future world Huxley foresaw was one in which an enslaved society remained shackled and pacified not by brute force, but by abundant and pervasive spectacle
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Aldous Huxley's psychedelic Los Angeles life - Los Angeles Times
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Aldous Huxley is best remembered for his dystopian novel "Brave New World," depicting a future conformist society in which happiness is mandated and medicated. Huxley, who was born into a family of British intellectuals, was already an established
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Pottermore: If Big Authors Do Not Need Big Publishers, Then What Are Big ... - Huffington Post
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Obama promised us the utopias of Philip K. Dick and Aldous Huxley and all we got was James Cameron: Osama avatars prancing through security in PETN-enhanced underpants. thatdrew I think @petecashmore is behind pottermore. I can smell branding from
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 1963
    Age 68
    Huxley's memorial service took place in London in December 1963 which was led by his older brother Julian, and his ashes were interred in the family grave at the Watts Cemetery, home of the Watts Mortuary Chapel in Compton, a village near Guildford, Surrey, England.
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    The society invited Huxley to appear at a banquet and give a lecture at Somerset House, London in June 1963.
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  • 1962
    Age 67
    On 9 April 1962, Huxley was informed he was elected Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature, the senior literary organisation in Britain, and he accepted the title via letter on 28 April 1962.
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    In 1962, a year before his death, he was elected Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature.
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  • 1960
    Age 65
    In 1960, Huxley was diagnosed with laryngeal cancer and, in the years that followed, with his health deteriorating, he wrote the Utopian novel Island, and gave lectures on "Human Potentialities" both at the University of California's San Francisco Medical Center and at the Esalen Institute.
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  • 1956
    Age 61
    In 1956, Huxley married Laura Archera (1911–2007), also an author as well as a violinist and psychotherapist.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1952
    Age 57
    It was, and is, widely believed that Huxley was nearly blind since the illness in his teens, despite the partial recovery that had enabled him to study at Oxford. For example, some ten years after publication of The Art of Seeing, in 1952, Bennett Cerf was present when Huxley spoke at a Hollywood banquet, wearing no glasses and apparently reading his paper from the lectern without difficulty: "Then suddenly he faltered — and the disturbing truth became obvious.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1942
    Age 47
    He wrote a book about his successes with the Bates Method, The Art of Seeing, which was published in 1942 (U.S.), 1943 (UK).
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  • 1940
    Age 45
    In 1940, Huxley relocated from Hollywood to a ranchito in the high desert hamlet of Llano, California, in northernmost Los Angeles County.
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  • 1939
    Age 44
    There are differing accounts about the details of the quality of Huxley's eyesight at specific points in his life. About 1939, Huxley encountered the Bates method for better eyesight, and a teacher, Margaret Darst Corbett, who was able to teach the method to him.
    Beginning in 1939 and continuing until his death in 1963, Huxley had an extensive association with the Vedanta Society of Southern California, founded and headed by Swami Prabhavananda.
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  • 1938
    Age 43
    During this period, Huxley earned a substantial income as a Hollywood screenwriter; Christopher Isherwood, in his autobiography My Guru and His Disciple, states that Huxley earned more than $3,000 per week (an enormous sum in those days) as a screenwriter, and that he used much of it to transport Jewish and left-wing writer and artist refugees from Hitler's Germany to the U.S. In March 1938, his friend Anita Loos, a novelist and screenwriter, put him in touch with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer who hired Huxley for Madame Curie, which was originally to star Greta Garbo and be directed by George Cukor. (Eventually, the film was completed by MGM in 1943 with a different director and cast.) Huxley received screen credit for Pride and Prejudice (1940) and was paid for his work on a number of other films, including Jane Eyre (1944).
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    Heard introduced Huxley to Vedanta (Upanishad-centered philosophy), meditation, and vegetarianism through the principle of ahimsa. In 1938, Huxley befriended Jiddu Krishnamurti, whose teachings he greatly admired.
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  • 1937
    Age 42
    In 1937, Huxley moved to Hollywood with his wife Maria, son Matthew, and friend Gerald Heard.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1930
    Age 35
    Following Lawrence's death in 1930, Huxley edited Lawrence's letters (1932).
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1919
    Age 24
    Huxley married Maria Nys (10 September 1899 – 12 February 1955), a Belgian he met at Garsington, Oxfordshire, in 1919.
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    Jobs were very scarce, but in 1919 John Middleton Murry was reorganising the Athenaeum and invited Huxley to join the staff.
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  • 1917
    Age 22
    Following his years at Balliol, Huxley, being financially indebted to his father, decided to find employment. From April to July 1917, he was in charge of ordering supplies at the Air Ministry for the Royal Air Force.
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  • 1916
    Age 21
    In 1916 he edited Oxford Poetry and in June of that year graduated BA with First Class honours.
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    In January 1916, he volunteered to join the British Army in the Great War, but was rejected on health grounds, being half-blind in one eye.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1913
    Age 18
    In October 1913, Huxley went up to Balliol College, Oxford, where he read English Literature.
  • 1911
    Age 16
    In 1911 he contracted the eye disease (keratitis punctata) which "left him practically blind for two to three years".
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1894
    Born
    Huxley was born in Godalming, Surrey, England, in 1894.
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